- Emergency Executive Committee Meeting
Jun 22, 2021 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
- Gotta Go Roadside Facilities Virtual Public Meeting
Jun 22, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Special Chetwynd Public Library Committee Meeting
Jun 22, 2021 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
- Health Related Services Grant-in-Aid Virtual Public Meeting
Jun 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Emergency Executive Committee Meeting
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The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 held via ZOOM.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a Chetwynd Library project.
The agenda will be available online at prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/
Today we pay special recognition to the vital contributions that Indigenous peoples make to the Peace region. We invite all people of this region to learn about the rich cultures, traditions and languages of the Indigenous peoples of this area, whose traditional lands we live on.
It’s also important to acknowledge that we continue to have tragic reminders of the systemic racism and terrible injustices which Indigenous people have suffered over the years in this country. Today is an opportunity to recognize that we have a long way to go on the journey to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We need to work together to take all concrete actions that we can to move along that path.
The Peace River Regional District is committed to working with Indigenous peoples of this area in a spirit of respect, cooperation and partnership, and to do all we can to make this region a better place for them and for all people, today and every day.
A Peace River Regional District Board Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John.
The meeting will start with a Committee of the Whole segment prior to the Regular Board Meeting. The PRRD draft 2020 Financial Statements, which are available for inspection at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, will be considered during the Regular Meeting.
As of June 15th, Board Meetings are open to the public; however, proper spacing requirements limit public attendance to a maximum of ten people. To assist us in our safety planning please email email@example.com to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200.
The Board meeting agenda may be viewed on the Agendas/Minutes page of the PRRD’s website.
Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:
A June 15 virtual town hall meeting hosted by Peace River Regional District (PRRD) was briefly disrupted by a participant who posted racist and profane language on the screen during a staff presentation. PRRD staff immediately stopped the meeting, reset the presentation and readmitted some participants. The meeting continued without incident.
Racist language and behavior is not tolerated by the PRRD in any setting, says Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We reject racist or hateful language or behavior of any sort, and our Board created a specific policy to that effect. We apologize to any of the meeting participants that saw this offensive language or have been affected by this unfortunate incident.”
Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents in Electoral Areas B and C
Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney included in proposal
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents in parts of Electoral Areas B and C on the proposed expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area to include some 175 properties in Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney. The new service would be provided by the Charlie Lake Fire Department.
Residents are invited to one of two virtual town halls on June 15 to get information and ask questions about the proposed expansion. The meeting for Electoral Area C residents takes place at 5pm, and for Electoral Area B residents at 7pm.
“The Peace region has seen some serious wildfires in the area in recent years, especially in 2016, and some residents have asked the PRRD to consider expanding Charlie Lake’s fire service to include these new areas,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “These engagement meetings and our online engagement process are intended to help us understand the level of support for the proposed service and what questions people have. The Regional Board needs this information to make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.” (more…)
The Peace River Regional District Board will be considering its draft 2020 Financial Statements at its meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The meeting begins at 10am.
Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the meeting on Facebook at this link.
The statements are available for inspection, during regular business hours, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, or the Fort St. John office at 9505 100th Street.
For more information, contact Teri Vetter, Chief Financial Officer, at 250-784-3219 or toll-free at 1-800-670-7773.
Peace River Regional District launches FireSmart program to help residents in rural areas protect properties from wildfire
Many people in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) live in the wildland/urban interface – the areas where forest and grassland are interspersed with homes and buildings. The risk of loss of life and property from wildfire in those areas can be very high, especially with the threat of wildfire in BC increasing each year.
The PRRD is rolling out a regional FireSmart program that will help identify high-risk properties and neighbourhoods and help the people in them understand and reduce the risk of damage or loss from wildfire.
“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.” (more…)
Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents adjacent to Dawson Creek
Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing included in proposal
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents of Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing on a proposal to expand the Dawson Creek Fire Protection Area to include some 337 properties in those three areas.
Residents are invited to a virtual town hall on June 9 to get information and ask questions. The proposal would expand the Dawson Creek Fire Department’s fire protection services to include the three new areas.
“Residents of those areas have been asking the PRRD and City of Dawson Creek to consider a service expansion for several years,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “This is only a proposal at this point. We know some residents support the idea, but we really need to hear from as many people as possible in this engagement process before the Regional Board can make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.”
If the Regional Board provides consent, the new service would be paid for by a tax on property owners in the three areas. (more…)
The flags at the Peace River Regional District office in Dawson Creek will be lowered for 215 hours to honour the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation victims.
“We are profoundly saddened at the discovery of the remains of children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The mistreatment of Indigenous children is a terrible part of the history of this country and we share in the grief at this horrific discovery. Our thoughts are with our First Nations partners and the Peace River Regional District is lowering its flags in solidarity with them.”
– Chair Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional District
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Spring Clean-up makes it easy for residents to dispose of self-hauled yard waste and sorted waste that comes from residential properties. From May 31 to June 13, tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations.
“The Spring Clean-up event gives residents a financial incentive to clean up your property. You still have to cut it and rake it and shovel it and haul it to us, but once you do that, it’s free to leave it with us,” says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. (more…)
The Boundary Lake water station may experience some service interruptions from May 21 – 24. Please access the Feye Spring water station at 1863 Imperial Avenue if the Boundary Lake water station is closed. Please contact environmental services staff by calling 250-784-3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries. To view a full listing of water station locations please click here.
The Peace River Regional District is introducing a reservation system and fees to camp at Blackfoot Regional Park beginning May 27.
In a 2018 study, the PRRD asked residents for their input on the future of the park and the possibility of paying to camp. The study found that park users wanted enhanced features like sites with electrical hook-ups and walking trails, and that most campers would be willing to pay a fee for access to those services.
“Blackfoot Regional Park is a beautiful area of the Peace region,” says Peace River Regional District board chair Brad Sperling. “The changes and improvements we’re making there are in response to residents’ and park users’ wishes to see improvements at the park, and to know that they can book some campsites in advance to be assured of having a spot.” (more…)
The Boundary Lake water station at 1105 Cecil Lake Road is now open.
Please contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.
Pursuant to Section 286 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District intends to sell property located at 9800 – 17th Street, Parcel Identifier 005-017-718.
Please see the Disposition of Property for more information.
The Peace River Regional District, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. (more…)
The PRRD has responded to the BC Hydro request for an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate regarding hauling materials by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is asking residents to talk trash as it continues with public consultation on the update of its regional solid waste management plan.
Residents, businesses and industry representatives are invited to attend a virtual open house, fill out a survey, ask questions and offer opinions, says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. “The PRRD wants all the input we can get as we finish updating the plan in 2021. Effective management of solid waste is a positive for people, businesses and industries in the PRRD. With residents’ help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years.”
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) board has approved a 7.13 per cent budget reduction for 2021. The PRRD’s overall budget for all service functions is $88,898,920, a decrease of $6,820,243 from 2020.
BC Hydro will soon start work to relocate a section of the overhead power line along the Jackfish Lake Road. The line runs through a gravel pit near the bend in the road at the south end of Jackfish Lake. Hydro is removing that section from the gravel pit and relocating it to the road.
Montney Centennial Regional Park will be part of a day-use pilot project starting in spring 2021. Over this three-year period the park will be available for day-use exclusive activities. The project was approved to accommodate much needed upgrades to the park including the development of trails, installing a picnic shelter, installing a fishing dock, updated signage and improvements to walkways and outhouses.
Given the current and predicted weather conditions, BC Wildfire Service is encouraging members of the public and industry personnel to exercise caution when conducting any outdoor burning.
Anyone conducting an outdoor burn must adhere to the following precautions:
The Peace River Regional District has partnered with Clear Course Consulting Ltd. to offer free virtual information sessions for community groups to learn more about the Grant Writer Services Program.
If you are interested in understanding how grants work, turning project ideas into grant applications, searching for grants and understanding types of funders and grants the PRRD encourages you to attend one of the two sessions being offered.
Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to identify and characterize any hazards and risks from nearby steep slopes and guide future development approvals. The report was to be completed by Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide.
On October 26, 2020, the PRRD announced that it would release the Tetra Tech report in the first quarter of 2021. On January 19, 2021, the PRRD, along with others, was sued by residents of the Old Fort community. On the advice of the PRRD’s legal counsel, Tetra Tech’s work on the report has been paused while legal counsel reviews and responds to the lawsuit. Given the nature of this ongoing litigation, the PRRD cannot commit to a date for the release of the Tetra Tech report. The PRRD will not be making any further statement or comment on this matter at this time.
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is planning how to use a combined $1,084,000 received in 2020 and earlier this week under the provincial government’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments program.
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is inviting Rose Prairie and area residents to a virtual town hall on Tuesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of water services in the Rose Prairie area and to answer residents’ questions.
March 4, 2021 — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Electoral Area Directors Committee is recommending that the PRRD Regional Board authorize closure and ceasing of operations of the Rose Prairie potable water bulk fill station at its upcoming March 11 meeting.
Northern Health has announced that it is completing Phase 1 immunizations this month, and moving into vaccinations for Phase 2.
The PRRD’s Rose Prairie water station will not open tomorrow (Monday, February 22) as planned because of unforeseen technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay; we will open the station as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are aware of the social media post by Lorraine Michetti, who is a member of the Peace River Regional District Board of Directors. As Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to clearly state that we find the sentiment in the post deeply troubling. This was posted to a personal Facebook account. The post does not in any way reflect the views of the Peace River Regional District and we wholeheartedly reject the message contained in it.
PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Environmental Assessment Office asks for fair consideration of input concerning truck hauling plan
A letter asking for the highest level of consideration set out in the ‘Environmental Assessment Certificate and Exemption Order Amendment Policy’ has been sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office from PRRD Chair Brad Sperling. The Chair advocates for a paced process to allow for meaningful input, research and analysis and fair consideration of all input concerning the plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue to the Site C Project dam site.
Read the letter here
PRRD Chair Brad Sperling has sent a letter to BC Hydro outlining the PRRD’s concerns regarding Hydro’s recently announced plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.
Read the letter here
As part of the construction for BC Hydro’s Site C project, BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) approvals were granted for the use of a conveyor system to move dam construction material from the 85th Ave. Industrial Lands to the dam construction site.
BC Hydro is now planning to apply to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an amendment to the project’s approval in order to haul this material in dump trucks by public road in the event the conveyor system is shut down.
Map of conveyor system
Map of BC Hydro’s proposed
Additional facts about the proposed changes:
- Hauling material by truck will occur a minimum of 1 day per month, and will possibly occur up to 7 months per year from 2021 through 2023.
- When road hauling occurs, there will be up to 122 trucks per hour between 7 am and 7 pm (except during school bus hours) travelling this proposed route
- This works out to 1 truck passing any point on the roads every 30 seconds.
- Haul trucks will be typical dump trucks seen on public roads, such as those pictured below
Peace River Regional District Position on the Proposed Changes
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board and staff are very concerned about the traffic, dust, noise, nuisances and increased disturbance to residents that hauling from 85th Ave. Industrial Lands would cause.
This notice to residents is the first step in our response. Your Board will be making submissions to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), with a copy to BC Hydro, and will work to ensure that residents have a full opportunity to provide input.
Please watch for further information and opportunities to provide your input.
Any questions or inquiries regarding the pending application should be referred to:
Site C Project Team
Toll Free: 877-217-0777
If you provide comments to BC Hydro, please copy PRRD on your submission at: email@example.com
If sending by mail, contact: 250-784-3200
Download and Print the Notice Here
At its December 11, 2020 meeting, the PRRD board of directors approved a bylaw amendment that aligns Area B water bottle fill hose rates with neighbouring municipalities. Effective January 15, 2021, the new water rate for the bottle fill hose is $3 per 18-litre bottle.
This new rate is to align current water rates with neighbouring businesses that offer potable bottle fill services within the region. When the Area B water stations were first established, the intention was to ensure water was offered to residents at rates comparable to the surrounding areas. As such, the bulk fill rate will maintain its current rate of $3 per cubic meter to remain comparable to the municipality of Fort St John.
To view the interactive web map of the electoral areas or to read more about water services provided by the PRRD, please visit www.prrd.bc.ca
Please be advised that until further notice the PRRD Share Sheds will be closed to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or toll free at 1-800-670-7773
Due to the new province-wide restrictions put in place on November 19, 2020, masks are now required by everyone who enters Peace River Regional District offices and facilities. It is our responsibility to follow public health orders. Thank you for your compliance. View the full public health order at on the Province of BC website
Update for Old Fort residents – October 26, 2020
Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to help gain knowledge of geohazards and associated risks, as well as to help the PRRD with the consideration of potential risk mitigation strategies for the identified high-risk areas.
In December 2019, the PRRD contracted Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide, to complete the report. Tetra Tech has made good progress, but the process requires very extensive research and technical analysis, and the PRRD and the consultants want to make sure that the report is as comprehensive and informative as possible so that the PRRD, Old Fort residents and other stakeholders have the best possible information to guide them going forward.
Originally promised by September 2020, the complexities of the research and analysis mean the report will not be available until the first quarter of 2021. We understand that residents are extremely anxious to receive this information and we apologize for this extended timeline.
Tetra Tech is moving as quickly as possible to provide the report without compromising the quality of the research and technical analysis required. We are committed to sharing the report with you as soon as we can. Thank you.
Chair Brad Sperling
The Peace River Regional District released a letter sent to the parties with candidates running in the upcoming BC election asking for assistance to negotiate a community measures agreement to mitigate the impacts of Site C on regional district residents and services.
Letters were sent to candidates and parties in the Peace River North and South ridings on October 16, 2020. The PRRD Board of Directors looks forward to hearing from candidates on their parties’ views ahead of the October 24 BC provincial election.
For more information:
Click here to read Letter to Candidates
Click here to read the Media Release
Click here to read PRRD Site C Community Measures Agreement Background Information
The City of Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District have been working in partnership towards an adjustment of property lines for the Festival Plaza Development.
The Festival Plaza, which will be located on the southeast corner of 100 Street and 96 Avenue, was identified in the Downtown Action Plan as one of 10 Big Moves to Energize the Downtown. The development will consist of a covered shelter, food truck stalls, performance space and washrooms. It will be a year-round home for the farmers market, community events, food vendors, buskers, social gatherings and public art.
The Peace River Regional District will be placing public notices as per the requirements of the Local Government Act regarding the disposition of this property.
Construction on this project is slated to begin in Summer 2020, stay up-to-date with all City of Fort St. John Capital Projects at www.fortstjohn.ca/capital-projects.
To see the full press release, please click the link below.
The Peace River Regional District is pleased to release the 2019 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report.
PRRD offices are now open to the public with new procedures to keep both the public and our staff safe!
Quick Reference Guides
Frequently Asked Questions About PRRD Operations
- How do I speak to or make an appointment with staff?
- Peace River Regional District offices are now open for their regular office hours. To speak to one of our staff, the public is welcome to come to our offices during business hours or may also use our staff directory to reach any of our staff members.
- What are the PRRD Office COVID procedures?
- The PRRD has introduced new safety procedures to ensure that everyone who visits our office are as safe as possible. These new procedures include:
- Everyone entering PRRD facilities must sanitize their hands when they come in.
- Each room, including meeting rooms and reception areas, have a maximum occupancy to ensure we are able to follow social distancing. If the occupancy is exceeded, please wait outside until someone exits.
- An information log will be kept of all people to enter PRRD offices to help with contact tracing should someone who has been in our offices discover they have COVID-19.
- How many people are allowed in PRRD Offices?
- The number of people allowed in a room/building has been determined by the size and ability to ensure physical distancing (staying a minimum of two metres or six feet apart).
- The maximum number of public members permitted in the Fort St John Office Reception Area: 2
- The maximum number of public public members permitted in the Dawson Creek Office Reception Area: 3
- When will PRRD facilities be opening?
- As all of BC begins to implement the BC Restart Plan, the Peace River Regional District will be taking steps towards recovery with the new PRRD COVID Recovery Plan. We are currently in Phase Two of the PRRD Recovery Plan, which sees a number of facilities open.
Phase 1 (Mid – Late May 2020)
- Staff resume work in Dawson Creek and Fort St John offices
Montney Centennial Park and Iver Johnson Park opens for day-use only
Phase 2 ( June to September 2020)
- PRRD offices open to the public
- Charlie Lake Fire members resume in-person training with conditions
- PRRD community halls may resume maintenance and cleaning activities with conditions.
- Essential public hearings, on a case by case basis, may resume in-person if electronic options are not available and if ap propriate meeting venues and sanitization requirements can be met
- Blackfoot Regional Park opens for camping.
- Share Sheds Open (as of June 15)
- Minaker River Regional Park opens for camping
- PRRD will consider, on a case by case basis, community halls holding small events with less than 50 people (starting in July)
- Chetwynd Recreation Centre and North Peace Leisure Pool will open under the direction of the municipalities.
- Buick and Clearview Arenas will open at the direction of School District No 60
- Essential in-region travel
Phase 3 (TBD) Date to be determined dependent on public health, social and economic factors to be examined starting in August 2020
- Non-essential meetings
- Public engagement activities
- In-person engagement with First Nations communities
- Out-of-region travel
- Staff resume work in Dawson Creek and Fort St John offices
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The PRRD is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We encourage residents to stay up to date and continue to follow the provincial and federal Government guidelines as the official sources for new information. Below are some resources that may be helpful for residents:
Northern BC Information Line: 1-844-645-7811
The Partnership Agreement between the Province of BC, Government of Canada, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations for the recovery of southern mountain caribou was signed on Friday, February 21, 2020.
At the January 23rd Board Meeting, the PRRD Board received a response to their December 13th Letter from Premier John Horgan and resolved:
That the Regional Board support the District of Chetwynd by advising the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC, that it will not participate in the following scheduled caribou related working group meetings:
- Snowmobile Advisory Committee (January 23, 2020 in Dawson Creek)
- Land Use Objectives Stakeholder Committee & Socio-Economic Advisory Committee (January 24, 2020 in Chetwynd) unless local government is awarded a seat on the Caribou Recovery Committee specified in the Partnership Agreement to Recover the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou, or a meeting of the Leaders’ Table is called and local government is provided information that local government will be provided the opportunity to participate in the Partnership Agreement, other than through separate advisory committees.
This resolution was sent in a letter to Premier John Horgan on January 23rd, 2020.
October 24th, 2019
Dear Premier Horgan:
Re: Leaders’ Table re: Caribou
On October 10th, the Peace River Regional District wrote to you to express extreme disappointment that the Board did not receive an invitation to participate in the proposed Leaders’ Table regarding the Draft Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou. . . .
Click here to read the letter from Chair Brad Sperling on behalf of the PRRD Board to Hon. Minister McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Hon. Minister Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, regarding the community division caused by the Southern Mountain Caribou engagement process.
The Peace River Regional District continues to advocate for an open conversation between the public and the Province regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery.
In a letter to Chair Brad Sperling, Minister George Heyman confirmed that the government is committed to advancing caribou recovery, while seeking to provide for the best interests of British Columbians. He noted that to help this iconic species recover, there needs to be a collaborative approach that works for everyone, and that as the Provincial Government moves forward with caribou recovery, BC will be looking at the impacts of all land uses.
Since the meeting in Prince George with the Province, Chair Sperling has continued to be in contact with the province as they work with the Federal government to roll out the consultation to the region. Chair Sperling has requested that a minimum of three public consultations be held in the region. He would like to see meetings held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
Full Media release here: 2019-15-2019 Caribou Press release